APTN National News
The family of a murdered 15-year-old First Nation girl are outraged that a Winnipeg newspaper was offering to sell photos of her dead body.
“The Winnipeg Free Press are trying to (expletive) sell pictures of our baby girl’s body being pulled from the river. How the (expletive) do they live with themselves?” asked Jessica Fontaine on her Facebook wall.
Photos that show her cousin Tina Fontaine’s body being recovered from the Red River appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press. They were also being offered for sale in the paper’s online store.
Digital photos were available to be purchased for $12, while framed and mounted plaques of the photos sell for as much as $129.50. There was even an option for a framed canvas version of the photo for $159.50.
Bob Cox is the paper’s publisher. He says offering to sell the photos was a mistake.
“Photos taken by our photographers are automatically sent to the photo store once they are downloaded into our editorial photo system,” Cox said. “They should have been stopped. I’ll get them taken down.”
As of 4 p.m. ET the photos were removed from the online store.